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Royalty, Wife, Mummy, friend, teacher, student & fitness blogger

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May 2015

HS Day 299 – When life gives you lemons, Thank The Lord for Lemonade.

Happy Friday peeps !!!  Well, it could actually be a tad better, but hey, we’ll roll with the punches.

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DH is, of course, still in Perth..  I miss him so much and although saying “I’ll see you next Friday” sounds soon, in reality, the days go by slowly.. Of course next Friday though will seem like it came around extremely quickly when looking back.

Master 12 (13 in 2wks) had an injury at Soccer training yesturday, so now has his leg up on a chair while doing his schoolwork, Ibuprofen onboard, as well as an icepack and crutches to keep him off the rather swollen knee.  No soccer game for him t’row. :0(  After getting some advice from my super resourceful Nephew-in-law (who happens to have had a few kicking related knee injuries on the footy field over the years), it would seem that he has medial ligament damage which should heal well if he keeps off it for a few days.  Praise The Lord for that ! Psalm 30:2 O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.

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Master 10 still has a terrible cough each evening and morning and today is the day that the doctor told me to fill the antibiotic prescription if he wasn’t better.

Miss 14, while packed with attitude to send her poor mother crazy, is injury free (for now.. LOL).

I must admit, I hit a pretty low moment this morning when trying to sort out how to get Master 12 to the doctor about his knee.  It doesn’t happen often, but every now and then, I just want to cry my eyes out that I have a perfectly good (actually 2 perfectly good) cars in the garage, but can’t drive them.  Due to different circumstances going on with others, I had to try 3 different people before finding someone who could take him.  There may have been a scream into the pillow moment when I just wished so bad that I could drive him myself.  I HAVE to draw on this scripture at these times… or I seriously will go crazy… (or become very bitter).  Philipians 4:13 I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.  However, I do have to have a giggle though about it, as shouldn’t ‘everything’ include driving a car ??? AAARRRGGHH !!!! But yes, I do realise that the ‘everything’ in this context does mean the struggles and restrictions I’m up against because of my limited eyesight.

In regards to our homeschooling journey, I have now officially sent off our withdrawal email for the end of this term.  So, as of term 3, we will no longer be a DE family, but a fair dinkum’ homeschooling family.  woot woot !!  It means absolutely no changes for the kiddos, (continuing with same curriculum etc.) and not too much for me either really, just a change of address to where our test scores etc go.  Our point of contact is still very close by also… only 2 suburbs away.  :0)

There are no official social activities as a registered homeschooler, but there isn’t much anymore happening with our current school, hence the changeover.  We will just need to make more effort with local homeschooling groups. There actually is a LOT on offer in our local area, it’s just getting there that is the issue.  #Godwillprovide

If you were following along with my Paleo blog from a couple of months ago, our direction is going to be loosely based on the Makers Diet… (The Paleo diet has some unbiblical foundations which I don’t like.) basically it is just having as much non-processed foods as possible.  Getting my Bellini Supercook (aka Super Bella) and changing over to those methods of food prep and cooking has certainly helped with that.  I’m loving just how little ingredients I now use to whip up delicious, healthy meals from scratch.  My kids now even love rice due to the yummy mushroom risotto I make regularly.

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Enjoy your weekend peeps !!

Blessings !!

The Poems read by Grandchildren at my FIL’s farewell.

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God saw you getting tired,
When a cure was not to be.
So He wrapped his arms around you,
and whispered, “come to me.”
You didn’t deserve what you went through,
So He gave you rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful,
He only takes the best
And when I saw you sleeping,
So peaceful and free from pain
I could not wish you back
To suffer that again.

Life is but a stopping place, a pause in what’s to be,
A resting place along the road, to sweet eternity,
We all have different journeys, Different paths along the way,
We all were meant to learn some things, but never meant to stay..
Our destination is a place, Far greater than we know,
For some the journey’s quicker, For some the journey’s slow,
And when the journey finally ends, We’ll claim a great reward,
And find an everlasting peace, Together with The Lord.

This ‘weeks’ character trait training – Resourcefulness vs. wastefulness…

So, yes, it’s been a veeeeeerrrrryyyy long time since we officially allocated a character trait to a time period, but hopefully this day marks getting back onboard.

Resourcefulness vs. Wastefulness – Wise use of that which others would normally overlook or  discard.

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.   Luke 16:10 .  

Godly resourcefulness encompasses being a trustworthy person.  I certainly believe you can be resourceful without being trustworthy  (just ask any politician… Hahahahahaha).

So, I would say that humility, self respect, plus some downright common sense needs to come into play here.  Wastefulness speaks to lack of care, which is not a trait of a humble person.

Miss 14’s take on ‘resourcefulness’ – Knowing what items/ideas are a good resource and what would be useful to keep vs. throwing away something that could been been useful if maybe just looked at in a different way. Being wise in decision making.. knowing what is right & wrong.

Definition of resourcefulness – able to meet situations : capable of devising ways and means. 

Definition of Wasteful – tending to waste or squander; extravagant, causing waste, destruction, or devastation. 

Much discussion will come from this one I think….  So many facets of it in a normal day.

Blessings Peeps  xox

The passing of my dear Father in Law ..

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It was last Tuesday and the kids were enjoying some time in the yard, kicking the soccer ball around, telling each other their experiences of being back at school for NAPLAN, when I got the phone call that would change the rest of the week, actually the next two weeks… and who knows after that.

DH’s sister was calling to let me know that their Dad was in the ED, had had a CT scan and a stroke was suspected.  DH’s Dad has just been in hospital recently for a 5wk stint, but after DH having spent some quality time with his Dad only a few nights prior, it was certainly a shock for this to happen.  I met DH at the ED while my Mum watched the kids for us.  To say that my expectations of what things would be like with DH’s Dad were too low, is an understatement.  My Nanna had 3 strokes before her passing in 2003 and even though she was effected verbally and mobility wise, she was still alert and smiling until the day she died, so I think I went in with those expectations…. they may be some impairments, but nothing too serious.

While my FIL looked quite peaceful when we arrived, it was when we spoke to the Neurosurgeon and he went through the CT scan with us that we realised things were very serious.  Poor DH nearly passed out at the sight of the scan, and having it explained…  there was more blood than brain evident on the scan.  The surgical team said that they felt there was no part for them to play, as a bleed of this severity is extremely serious in a younger person, let alone a man of 78yrs. with previous health worries.  I think DH was a little miffed at their decision to not operate.

We next spoke to the head of the physician team who basically said we need to speak to the family and make decisions regarding whether or not to revive my FIL if he was to arrest.  They advised strongly against it as he has osteoporosis and they would likely break bones if they were to try CPR on him.  A feeding tube was also out as he has previous esophagus   problems.  This basically only left us with the Palative care path.  This was quite confronting to have to make these decisions.  Thankfully, DH’s sister arrived soon after, so we were able to have the discussion with her.  Being a nurse, she was able to explain to us a few things.  The doctors had said that my FIL’s condition would play out in one of two ways..  the first being that he would pull through this, but would need to go through ‘a journey of fire’ first…  in other words, get worse before he got better.  The second path, which is the path that we witnessed over the next 34hrs was that he would drop deeper and deeper and unconsciousness, until he passed.  Whatever discomfort he did show during this time, was quickly dealt with by administering the drugs that the Palative team had ready for him.

My FIL lingered until 6pm the following day, either being visited by, or hearing from on the phone, each of his 5 children.  My DH was able to spend some time with his Dad both on his way to, and home, from work the day of his passing.  He’d actually only just arrived home from visiting with him when we received the call from DH’s sister that he had taken his last breaths.

My FIL was not a religious man.. and if you read my blogs regular, you will know I do not like that word ‘religion’, but it’s what he would have used.  DH’s Mum, who passed away from cancer in 2006, would have called herself Catholic, but my FIL preferred to not come under any categories like that… Sooooooo, I figure that makes him fair game for the Kingdom.. LOL.  I prayed over him like never before in those 34hrs.  We just never know what goes on in these stages of unconsciousness, but I trust in the merciful God we serve and like to imagine that maybe my FIL was being a little stubborn, so God held onto him those extra hours until he accepted the outstretched arms of his Saviour.  I have faith that I will see him again someday, in a completely healthy body, fit enough to waltz after dinner, and most importantly, greet him as not only my Father in Law, but my Brother in Christ.

After all… he’s one of my favourite people, as he’s 50% responsible for giving me my best friend for life, Father of my children.. and all around spunk DH !!  LOL !!

Here we are, 5 days later, and it’s still very hard..  writing a eulogy, putting a photo slideshow together, organising a funeral, meeting with our pastor etc.  It’s an extremely tiring time, emotionally and physically.  It will be an emotional time on Thursday when we recognise and celebrate the life of my FIL, but it will also be the closure that will help the family go forward.

To my Dear Father in Law, You are very sadly missed and I look forward to seeing you again.

Much love, your Daughter in law.  xox

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